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Plot: In the future, Highlander Connor MacLeod must prevent the destruction of Earth under an anti-ozone shield. Runtime: 91 mins Release Date: 01 Nov 1991
AN UNDERRATED CLASSIC This relates to both RENEGADE and QUICKENING versions . (by wilz)
The reason for the success of the original HIGHLANDER was that mostly everyone who went in to the cinema to see the film had no idea what to expect. Nobody knew anything about how an Immortal could be "killed" or about the mysterious prize that awaited the victor of the "Gathering".And so with its sequel the producers and the script writers tried to emulate the success generated by these ambiguities by introducing HIGHLANDER fans to new plot revelations they would never have imagined such as Immortals actually being aliens. And in contrast to the fantasy theme of the first <more>
film the producers decided to include a more SCI FI theme to this sequel.Unfortunately many fans of the first film disliked these elements of this sequel. But people must realise that back in 1986 the producers had no intention of making a sequel and that the 1ST HIGHLANDER was to be a stand-alone film. But it was because of the success of the 1ST film along with the countless letters the producers received from fans who "WANTED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF THE IMMORTALS" that this sequel was given the go ahead.So the HIGHLANDER fans cannot blame the producers for scripting this film they way they had done.I thoroughly enjoyed the 1ST film back in 1986 and I was suprised when I heard there was a sequel was planned. I never got to see HIGHLANDER II in the cinemas when it was released. But I knew about the controversial storyline and to be honest I actually found it quite intriguing. I also found that most of my friends enjoyed HIGHLANDER II more than the 1ST film because of the effects and the storyline.When I finally got to see the film on video I thought it was very well done although it was somewhat loaded with script continuity errors in relation to the story of the 1ST film. To be honest I did not feel that this film had "damaged" the HIGHLANDER saga like some people have stated. In fact it is the stupid THIRD FILM along with the pathetic TV SERIES and the even sillier ANIMATED SERIES that has eroded the novelty and entertainment value of the original HIGHLANDER movie.And now after recently watching the 1ST HIGHLANDER movie again after a long interval I feel that it has aged badly and reeks of campiness even my dad who watched it for the first time thought it was silly that these people were still using swords in the present age instead of using modern guns and explosives!! And this is where HIGHLANDER II triumphs. It has not dated at all since 1991. And the storyline about the ozone layer accurately reflects the crisis today where there is now a city near the south pole that is without Ozone protection.The special effects are excellent and the fight scenes are the best in the Saga. I particularily like the swords and weapons of the Alien Immortals Especially Katana's broadsword . Michael Ironside gives a sterling performance as the evil Katana whose charisma and viciousness far outshines the villains of the other films Kurgan, Kane . The lovely and underrated Virginia Madsen also delivers a fine performance. And there is a genuine sense of warmth and comraderie between Connery and Lambert's characters in this film that never appeared in the original HIGHLANDER movie.It is a pity that the producers never continued with the ZEIST storyline in the other sequels even though HIGHLANDER II was the most successful film of the series.I would recommend the new RENEGADE version over the old QUICKENNING version as it has more footage and action and less of the harsh editing that permeated the older version.All in all HIGHLANDER II is the best of the series regardless of what some fans say it is because of these fans that the Saga has been dragged out in the form of the stupid 3RD/ 4TH films and the sad TV and animated series. At least HIGHLANDER II like the 1ST is an ORIGINAL film!!!
Highlande II - Dune meets Total Recal meets Doom 2099 (by Nullness)
Watching Highlander II right after the first Highlander is a mind-altering amazing experience. I can think of only two movies off the top of my head that have sequels as radically different from their predecessors the far less known Nemesis series and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls . What Highlander II lacks in intelligence it more than makes up for in completely confusing fun. It's just the sort of bad idea, the uber-complex nonsensical plot-hole full nonsense you dream up as a kindergärtner. It's exhilarating, exciting to see it brought to life on the screen. Why does it take <more>
place in the future? Why is there that whole political subplot with the force field? What happened to there being only one? Who are those bald guys? What are all the other immortals doing in the past, just sitting around? If they can witness everything in the past, don't they already know the inevitable conclusion of everything? None of these questions will be answered, but a lot of fun will be had on the way. It's always interesting to see two genres combined in an interesting way, and Highlander II takes the cake. Wheras the first movie was mostly an action movie with some fantasy elements, Highlander II uses an obvious political sci-fi setting to carry the already complicated Highlander mythos to new heights of sheer complexity. I mean, I watched the so-called "Renegade" version, which is supposed to make more sense, and I still had no idea what was going on. But if you're in the right mood after watching Highlander, and you're not some nerd fanboy of the Highlander, than watching such an unexpected sequel should be a good time. Although it's certainly formulaic, it's formulaic in ways you never even knew existed.
'Highlander' is a movie that shouldn't have sequels at all. The first movie is almost perfect, from beginning to end. The fact that the original story doesn't explain a lot about the immortality element, makes its characters more believable in a poetic kind of way.Since they had to create a sequel, this was the only way to do it. In what other way can you approach this movie for a second time, without trying to extend and analyze the elements of the original movie? How can you bring back the highlander, without coming up with a concept similar to the quickening?Of course, this <more>
doesn't mean that the story is good. It is one of the worst sequels of all time, but it still is as good as a Highlander sequel could be.Russell Mulcahy did a fantastic job directing 'Highlander II'. The opera introduction contains some of the most spectacular cinematic scenes ever filmed and the whole movie has a very intense Gothic atmosphere. The sets are wonderful and I believe one of the sets is one of the largest sets ever created for a movie.That's what's great with 'Highlander II'; it provides a great cinematic experience, something that is missing since the heavy use of computer graphics. Even though computers create very realistic virtual sets, the trained eye can always tell when a set is artificial and evidently less effective. Perhaps Burton's 'Planet of the Apes' is the first movie that brings back that old feeling, with the space station introduction.Another thing that is great about 'Highlander II' is Sean Connery's performance, which brings fun to the story for a second time. Michael Ironside is great too.The producers, in an attempt to rescue some of the sequel's pride, came up with the 'Renegade version' a few years later. Although it is more down to earth in every sense than the 'Quickening version', it is less over the top and since it didn't become a masterpiece, it is more boring.So, even though 'Highlander II' is based on a weak story, it contains some brilliant elements, namely the direction and the performances. Russell Mulcahy will be directing a new installment next year and I am sure that it is going to be great. A talented man wouldn't repeat the same mistakes for a second time, would he?7/10
i just seen this movie the other night on sci fi channel now i have to say i loved this movie so much it was deep and edgy i must admit to never having seen the first one but this had everything and then some i hope they make another one soon the acting was just incredible some of these young actors today could should take some lessons of these guys script was top notch as was directing also i was most impressed by the lavish sets how canthey possibly top this movie? from the other reviews i have read that slated this film i have to say get a life this film was absolutely amazing and if this <more>
film received only 5 out of 10 i have to see the first one.
Not, "There should be only one"... (by jurnightmare)
I can't understand, never could, that why do the fans of the original Highlander always scarify the sequel. Yes, there are a lot of acceptable reasons to list the negative parts of this film, but anyway, try to focus on a different angle.In my opinion, this film has a real great vision of a "cyberpunk future". Somehow like in Blade Runner, and that kind of movies: dark streets, rain, depressed people, technology, giant firm, activists in a good sense , who try to fight against them, etc.Weak parts are many, for me the superficiality of the story is the biggest. For example, you <more>
can divide the film into certain scenes, but these part are too short and roughly developed: when you start to enjoy one...it's over. The story is simple, but even in this situation, due to the "short scenes", you ask yourself: "WHAT was that, and WHY happened that?" The execution of the visual part of this dark future world is very nice, but the lack of a coherent and progressing story is a bit painful.The performance of the actors are sufficient, good performances, just maybe Michael Ironside overacted a bit his role in some scenes.So, everything at all: I know, that this film has a lot of disadvantages compared with Highlander I, and does not meet many fans expectations, but I think, that it isn't as bad, as lot of people says.If you like cyberpunk, and you doesn't wait too much things from the Highlander I - just watch this movie in itself, don't relate too much to the first part - then I think it's a fair good movie, even more than a Watch-it-Once.
Never got it's full dues...still hasn't! (by wheycheese)
COnceptually Highlander 2 the quickening is an awesome film. THe theatrical cut was a massacre that the famous Ed Wood would find hard to top....The two subsequent releases of the film are both improvements but they cut the planet Zeist stuff and a lot of other good footage too, so while now a good film with loads of cool stuff from fights, humour, production design etc it still remains a great film straining at the seams to get out.Try and track down a fan cut which includes more Zeist, more explanations and fairytale ending for the best continuation of Highlander 1 there is going.
Quickening vs. The Renegade Version (by nilssonbst)
It is so weird to read people's stories here. I couldn't believe what I was reading, when I saw this movie as a kid I loved it, and when I watch it today I think it's awesome.So... I did some research.It turns out that most people have watched Highlander II: The Quickening, which is supposedly a real piece of dodo. The Renegade Version, however, well... it rocks! I love the settings, the opera music in the beginning, the cool sci-fi storyline, everything has the raw 80's look and it's wonderful.This is not a slow movie, and there are a lot of things to appreciate. It has <more>
two great actors in the lead and a great supporting cast. What more could you ask for?Check it out, it is really good.
I prefer the Renegade Version - F**k the original version an Underrated flick! (by ivo-cobra8)
Highlander 2: Renegade Version is MILES way better than the original theatrical version! This is the version that it supposed to come out in theater but the movie was cut to 1h 31 min which was ridicules! Highlander II: The Quickening sucks ass and it is one of the worst movies of 1991! I understand why everyone hates this film and I agree with all the haters this movie sucks, but the Renegade Version does not suck! That is why I am giving a score 8 out of 10, but that doesn't mean this movie was epic, perfect or the best, on the contrary it is not even a close movie to an original film! <more>
But I like it a lot and I am going to count the reasons what I like about this version. I have a lot of problems with this sequel but Renegade Version was entertaining! I have this movie on Blu-ray Renegade Version which it really surprised me. Plot: It's 2024 and MacLeod Christopher Lambert and Ramirez Sean Connery are back to save planet Earth. Ozone depletion, time travel and corporate greed are at the core of all the thrilling twists and turns in this stylish action sequel. Featuring new state-of-the-art special effects and digital re-mastering, it's HIGHLANDER II like you've never seen or heard before.Thing's I love in this movie: Christopher Lambert is reunited with Sean Connery and director Russell Mulcahy. I absolutely love the old cast from the first film. Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez played by Sean Connery become really a beloved character from the first film. The original film was directed by Russell Mulcahy and I am glad he directed the sequel good for him. I love those three in this movie! Michael Ironside is an awesome bad ass villain as General Katana, he is not the best villain like was Clancy Brown as The Kurgan, but he was really close evil tough bad guy, that we all wanted him dead. Ironside was also the bad guy in Total Recall 1990 my all time favorite Schwarzenegger movie. That is one of the reason why I like this movie. I love that this movie is set in 2024 it is a sci-fi futuristic film, you see mostly dark and red world which it is a futuristic world and I love that in this movie.I love the song One Dream performed by Lou Gramm Band I love the song score which is perfect to this film. Highlander 2: Renegade Version really reworked the movie in to kind a the original version supposed to be: they are not really an aliens, they are kind a, just put trough time and they are finding that out. So basically one of them is shipped trough time and they shipped them trough time. They have to fight each other in a combat to the death, when you behead someone you take their energy away and when you kill all the immortals you become mortal and that is basically what happens with a Highlander 2: Renegade Version.The reason I love this movie is because it takes place in the future and it is cool, there is a guy with a wings going after him, those guys are kind a nit. They are some really kick ass fights scenes in it. I love the fact that Ramirez comes back I don't care, that it doesn't make sense or it dopes makes sense. It is Highlander, it is immortals beheading each other to become the one. It is not supposed to be realistic who cares. He use The Quickening energy to bring back Ramirez I would do it. I love that Ramirez comes back he is a cool character and I love him. I love that Brenda J. Wyatt returns in this movie but this time she is played by Karin Drexler when we find out what happened to the character from the first movie.Katana Michael Ironside does respect the rules, the immortals never fight on a holly ground.The sky is red in this film because of the field energy. The only problem with film I have is: The renegade version may be a better edited movie than the original crap fest The Quickening, but it still suffers from terrible screenplay which had problems from the very beginning.The fight between MacLeod and Katana was cut short and it could be a longer duel. I wish there would be more an epic swords fight like was in the first movie. Ramirez music score was horrible, Ramirez acting in this movie like an idiot was horrible. I wish they would cut those scenes out when he lands in an opera, I really wouldn't want to see that. In my opinion this is the true original sequel to the original film. Overall: I like this movie it is a childhood movie of mine I grew up watching this movie. I love sci-fi in this movie and I love Highlander 1 and 2 to death but I love Highlander 1986 the best! B 8/10 Renegade version, Original version F 1/10. Highlander II: The Quickening is a 1991 American science fiction action film directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen, and Michael Ironside. It is the second installment to the Highlander film series, and it was released on 12 April 1991 in the United Kingdom and 1 November 1991 in the United States.8/10 Score: B Kismet Entertainment Film Distributors Starring: Christopher Lambert, Virginia Madsen, Michael Ironside, Sean Connery, John C. McGinley, Allan Rich Director: Russell Mulcahy Screenplay: Peter Bellwood Story by Brian Clemens, William N. Panzer Based on Characters by Gregory Widen Producers: Peter S. Davis William N. Panzer Rated: R Running Time: 1 Hr. 49 Mins. Budget: $30.000.000 Box Office: $15,556,340
This film isn't too bad, it may not be as good as the first Highlander and it does change the whole story of the Imortals by saying that they are aliens from the Planet Ziest and are Mortal there but once on Earth they are Immortal.The film is set in the future and the o-zone layer is burning out so Connor Macleod and some scientists build a shield to cover earth and stop the burning heat. Some years later and the earth is a wreak, because of the lack of sun the sky is murky and they must resort to using normal cars, trains and other vehicle's due to the shield.Connor is an old man <more>
because of winning the prize in this plot they have the choice of returning to Zeist and being Immortal with great power or live on earth as a mortal. Connor chose earth to live with Brenda.At an opera Connor remembers the days on Planet Zeist 500 years ago where a rebellion was being planned against Kitana Micheal Ironside and Connor is to lead them. Kitana's forces are too strong and defeat the rebel attack keeping Connor and Ramirez as prisoners.On trail they are banished to earth where they must live as Imortals until the day of the Gathering.In the present again Connor leaves the opera and meets a woman who want's to stop the o-zone shield since the layer is rebuilding itself. Kitana sends two of his men on earth and Connor kills one making him a young man again and Immortal.Killing the other guy Kitana goes to earth to kill Connor himself, Ramirez returns to help Connor.So the three go out to destroy the o-zone shield and stop Kitana.Highlander II: The Quickening is OK as long as you don't compare it with the first Highlander.